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  • Is Removing Swagman XC Bike Rack from 2018 Kia Soul Hitch Difficult
  • Installing a Swagman XC bike rack part # S64650 from the hitch of a 2018 Kia Soul like yours is pretty easy. Basically you have to just remove the threaded hitch pin bolt (requires a wrench) and once it's out you simply just slide the rack out from the hitch. I attached a link to a review video that covers this as well. If you are also needing a hitch I'd recommend the Draw Tite part # 24915 as it's very easy to install, priced great, and is mostly hidden so it looks great too. I attached...
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  • How Much Does the Thule Roadway 2-Bike Rack Weigh
  • The Thule Roadway bike rack # TH912XTR weighs approximately 30 pounds. It has a shipping weight of 33 pounds. This bike rack is rated for 35 pounds per bike (70 pounds total). I have included a link to a video review of this bike rack for you.
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  • Can The Swagman XTC-2 Be Used With A Class I Trailer Hitch Receiver On A 2020 Kia Soul
  • I reached out to Swagman and my contact confirmed that the Swagman XTC-2 2 Bike Platform Rack # S64670 will work with a Class I trailer hitch receiver on your 2020 Kia Soul. She mentioned the reason they only show Class II on their website is to make sure customers are conscious to check the tongue weight rating of their vehicle and trailer hitch receiver to ensure they are not overloaded. If you do not have a trailer hitch receiver for your 2020 Kia Soul yet I highly recommend the Draw-Tite...
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  • Will the Inno Tire Hold 1 Bike Platform Rack Work On An E-Bike with Fenders and Saddlebags
  • I do have an option for you but the Inno Tire Hold 1 Bike Platform Rack part # INH110 as with any wheel mount bike rack will not work on a bike with fenders. Instead, I recommend the Saris Freedom EX 2 Bike Platform Rack part # SA4412F which is just slightly more than the Inno Tire Hold 1 Bike Platform Rack, has a 60 lb per bike weight capacity, uses a unique frame clamp system that will work perfectly with your bike even though it has fenders/saddlebags, and best of all it is super lightweight...
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  • Compatibility of Inno INH120 Tire Hold Bike Rack with Class I Trailer Hitch on 2020 Kia Soul
  • Although we do offer Class I compatible bike racks that would work with the Draw-Tite # 24985, I'm sorry to say that the Inno # INH120 Tire Hold isn't one of them. A Class I hitch has a stop welded into it that will prevent the longer shank of a Class II only rated accessory from being slid in far enough for the hitch pin holes to align. This is done to prevent higher rated Class II accessories from being used in the lower rated Class I. The Kuat Transfer, part # TS02G can handle two...
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  • Differences Between Hitch Classes with Regard to Choosing a Bike Rack
  • Although both a Class I and Class II trailer hitch use a 1-1/4 inch receiver, the tongue weight capacity (the maximum amount of weight that can be safely suspended from the receiver) is different. A Class I receiver has a tongue weight capacity of 200 lbs, while a Class II has up to a 350 lb capacity. Many racks that are compatible with a Class II receiver will not work on a Class I. Class I receivers typically have a stop welded or punched into it to prevent a Class II accessory from...
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  • Strap Recommendation to Hold Front Wheel of Bike Loaded on Kuat Beta
  • If you are looking for a strap to secure the front wheels of your bikes to prevent them from moving around you would want the Replacement Wheel Holder Strap # HRSPRVEL. With this strap you can secure the front wheel to the frame of the bike so that it won't move around.
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  • E-Bike Rack Recommendation that Fits 2013 Kia Soul with 1-1/4 inch Hitch
  • I have a way that will allow you to carry your 61 lb e-bikes in a hitch rack on your 2013 Kia Soul but using a hitch adapter like you mentioned is not the recommended way as it will cut the capacity of the hitch in half. Best solution is the Thule EasyFold XT part # TH903202 as this fits your hitch size and is a higher rated e-bike rack. It comes with a ramp too to make loading/unloading the bikes as easy as possible.
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  • Can Hollywood Racks Sport Rider Bike Rack Tilt and Allow Rear Hatch of 2015 Kia Soul to Open
  • Yes, since the bottom of the hatch opening on a 2015 Kia Soul starts up considerably higher than other vehicles the tilt feature of the Hollywood Rack Sport Rider SE 4 Bike Platform Rack # HR1400Z would allow the rear door to open if this rack could be used on our vehicle. Since the hitches that fit your Soul are all Class I hitches like the Curt # C11419 which are lower capacity and can only carry up to 2 bikes at a time this 4 bike rack would not work for you. We do have the 2 bike...
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  • What is the Best Bike Rack for Two Evelo Electric Bikes on a 2017 Kia Soul?
  • I have a solution for you, but I can't recommend the Hollywood Racks Sport Rider SE, part # HLY84FR in this situation. The primary reason for this is that the 2017 Kia Soul only has fitting hitches that are Class I with a 1-1/4 inch receiver. The Sport Rider only has a 2 inch hitch, requiring an adapter that will reduce the tongue weight, our capacity for hauling bikes, by 50%, from 200lbs to 100lbs. The Sport Rider itself weighs 60 lbs, and the lightest of the Evelo models is 55lbs...
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  • Comparing Swagman G10 and Chinook Bike Racks for 2016 Kia Soul
  • The main difference between the Swagman G10 # S64682 and the Chinook # S64683 bike racks are the design of the crossbars that the wheel cradles are attached to at the base of the bike rack. The Swagman G10 uses two crossbars in which the wheel cradles are attached directly on top of the bars.The Chinook model use one crossbar that the wheel cradles attach to and sit off the side of the bar. The only difference between the two racks, other than the design, is the Chinook rack will...
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  • Hitch and Bike Rack Recommendation for 2018 Kia Soul Being Flat Towed
  • For smaller vehicles like your 2018 Kia Soul there are only 1-1/4 inch hitches like the Draw Tite hitch part # 24915 which you can then install a bike rack in the hitch that fits that size. Then for an flat towed vehicle approved bike rack to fit this hitch we have the Let's Go Aero BikeWing # LGA54FR which would work well in that hitch and is super lightweight.
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  • Using Hollywood Racks Trail Rider 2 Bike Platform Rack with Day 6 Semi-Recumbent Bike
  • The Hollywood Racks Trail Rider 2 Bike Platform Rack # HR200Z will work with your Day 6 model semi-recumbent bike but you will need to add an adapter bar like the Kuat # UB01. This will attach to the bike's seat post and handlebar stem post to provide a horizontal connection point for the hooks on the Trail Rider. The step-thru frames on the Day 6 are a bit too pronounced for the mounting hooks on this rack to attach without the use of the adapter. I have attached a short video demonstration...
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  • Trunk Mounted Bike Rack Recommendation for 2016 Kia Soul
  • The best option for a trunk bike rack for your 2016 Kia Soul is the Thule Raceway Pro part # TH9001PRO. This is a lightweight bike rack that instead of using 6 nylon straps uses 4 rubber-coated steel cables which are much more secure and easier to deal with. This rack will be the easiest to install option we have and would work well. If you plan on carrying any womens or alternative framed bikes without horizontal top tubes you may also be interested in purchasing a Kuat Bike Frame...
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  • Bike Rack Recommendation to Carry 4 Bikes with Kia Soul
  • Since your 2011 Kia Soul is limited to a class I hitch your hitch mounted bike rack will be limited to carrying up to 2 bikes at a time. The reason is that a class I hitch cannot handle the stress associated with carrying more than 2 bikes because it allows for too much weight farther from the hitch. The torque produced could damage the vehicle. Your best bet will be to add a roof rack to your Kia Soul in order to carry two additional bikes. For a bike rack, I recommend the Rola TX-102...
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  • Would Hollywood Racks Trail HR200 Allow Rear Hatch on 2016 Kia Soul to Open
  • I looked up picture of the rear of your 2016 Kia Soul and the hatch sits a decent distance higher than the hitch opening so the Hollywood Racks Bike Rack # HR200Z would pretty easily allow the hatch to open with the mast folded down. The rack has a 5 inch rise in the shank.
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  • Bike Rack Recommendation for Class I Trailer Hitch on 2013 Kia Soul
  • There is a bike rack that will work for you, though as you noted, the Curt # C11110 hitch that fits your 2013 Kia Soul is a Class I rack so the Yakima DoubleDown 4 # Y02424 will not work, even with just two bikes on it because it is rated for Class II hitches and up. Instead, I recommend checking out the Kuat Beta # B202-114. This rack is extremely convenient to handle, weighing just 12.6 lbs and comes with a hand knob that you only need to twist to get the anti-rattle feature. The Beta...
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  • Comparing Swagman XC S64650 & Curt C18084 Platform-Style Hitch Bike Racks
  • Both the Swagman XC # S64650 and Curt C18084 platform-style hitch bike racks will fit the 1-1/4-inch Class I hitch made for your 2011 Kia Soul. Both also fit 2-inch hitches which makes them a good long-term choice for potential compatibility with other vehicles. For the XC you can use hitch and bike lock kit # S64031. This not only locks the rack and your loaded bikes but it also provides anti-rattle duty to eliminate most noise and motion from the rack. Between the two bike racks...
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  • Affordable Bike Rack Options for a 2012 Kia Soul with a 1-1/4 Trailer Hitch
  • When it comes to hitch mount bike racks there are 2 styles to choose from, platform and hanging. The platform style lets you rest the bike in some sort of cradle and the typically has a ratcheting arm that secures the bike. The hanging style uses arms with cradles that you rest your bikes on. In the platform category we have the Curt 2 Bike Platform Rack # C18085 which has a very basic design and has a ratcheting arm that secures the bikes by their frame. It has tilt away and folding...
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  • Bike Rack Solution for Carrying Catrike Recumbent Trike
  • For a recumbent trike we have the Hollywood Racks Sport Rider for Trikes part # HR1000Z-R-TRKADP which was designed for trikes like yours and also fits 2 inch and 1-1/4 inch hitches.
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  • Light Weight Hitch Mounted Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2016 Kia Soul
  • I have a solution for you, but the Yakima RidgeBack part # Y02457 that you referenced will only fit Class II and higher trailer hitches. The hitch you would have installed on your 2016 Kia Soul would be a Class I so you would need to go a different route. My favorite 2 bike rack is the Saris Freedom SuperClamp part # SA4025F because it's a platform bike rack which means it's easy to load/unload, it's light weight at only 30 lbs, it's made in the USA, and it only touches the bikes at...
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  • Does Bike With Step Through Frame Need Bike Rack Adapter on Swagman XTC-2 Bike Rack
  • You will not need the Bike Frame Adapter Bar for Women's, Children's, and Alternative Frame Bikes # 64005 with the Swagman XTC-2 2-Bike Platform Rack for 1-1/4" and 2" Trailer Hitches # S64670. That adapter is normally used for hanging-style bike racks to give bikes with step-through frames a vertical mounting point. However, the XTC-2 does not require it; as you can see by the accompanying photo and review a customer sent in of this rack, they were able to use the XTC-2 with a step-through...
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  • Will the Kuat Sherpa 2.0 Fit a 2011 Kia Soul with 1-1/4 Inch Trailer Hitch
  • The Kuat Sherpa 2.0 2-Bike Platform Rack - 1-1/4" Hitches - Tilting - Aluminum - Black Item # SH12B is an excellent choice and it will work with the 1-1/4 inch hitch and your 2011 Kia Soul. It is also available in pearl, # SH12P, and gray, # SH12G. I have linked a video review of the Sherpa 2.0 for you.
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  • Installing Swagman G10 Bike Rack And Hitch Receiver On 2016 KIA Soul
  • For your 2016 Kia Soul, you will need a trailer hitch receiver for the Swagman G10 2-Bike Platform Rack - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Tilting # S64682. For the hitch receiver I recommend the Draw-Tite Sportframe Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class I - 1-1/4" # 24915. I've attached an install video on your vehicle to help. There is no drilling required for installation but the exahust will need to be lowered temporarily for installation. The splash guards and wheel well liners will...
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  • Trailer Hitch Recommendation for 2017 Kia Soul for Yakima Ridgeback
  • The Yakima Ridgeback # Y02457 needs a Class II or higher hitch to fit so the Draw Tite you mentioned wouldn't work but the EcoHitch part # 306-X7326 will. A Class II only accessory like your bike rack actually won't even slide into a Class I hitch due to a weld stop in the hitch tube. The EchoHitch won't have that issue and would easily have the clearance needed for the rack to fit as well.
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  • Platform Bike Rack Recommendation to Carry a Trek Pure Crank Forward Step Through Bike
  • I spoke to my contact at Swagman and while she couldn't tell me how low the hook arm of the Swagman XTC-2 bike rack part # S64670 would go she assured me that it would go low enough to attach to your Trek Pure Crank Forward with a step through frame. Review video attached. Some people with step trough frames will also use frame adapter bars like the Swagman Adapter bar part # 64005 to provide a higher attachment point for the bike rack. I attached a review video for this product as well.
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  • Best Lightweight Bike Rack For 2013 Kia Soul At A Good Price
  • The easiest way to carry a bike rack on the 2013 Kia Soul is with a trailer hitch, if she does not already have one on the car. I recommend the Class I Draw-Tite Sportframe Trailer Hitch Receiver part # 24839. The hitch is an easy installation that does not require drilling. The Draw-Tite also provides the best ground clearance compared to the other options which is what you want when carrying a bike rack. The bike rack is less likely to scrape the ground in low ground clearance situations...
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  • Saris Freedom Bike Rack Compatibility With 4 Inch Wide Fat Bike Tires And Electric Bike
  • The Saris Freedom SuperClamp EX2 # SA4025F will work for bikes with up to a 4-1/2 inch wide tire. If you have tires over 4-1/2 inches then you will also need the Fat Tire Adapter Kit for Saris Freedom Bike Racks # SA4419 compatible with tires up to 5 inches wide. Standard tires will fit fine in either holder. Another option is the Saris Freedom 2 Bike Platform Rack for Fat Bikes # SA4412B-FB which can accept bikes with tires up to 5 inches wide. Either of these options will support...
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  • Best Way to Carry 5 Bikes on a 2012 Kia Soul
  • All of the 5-bike trailer hitch mount bike racks that we carry will only fit 2 inch trailer hitches. All of the trailer hitches for the 2012 Kia Soul are Class I trailer hitches with a 1-1/4 inch receiver. You will not be able to use a 5-bike rack with the Kia Soul. Class I trailer hitches are only capable of holding 2 bikes maximum. The issue is that when you add more than 2 bikes, that puts too much way too far from the receiver. That creates a lot of stress on the hitch and vehicle...
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch and 2-Bike Platform Bike Rack for 2015 Kia Soul
  • I will be happy to help get your 2015 Kia Soul set up with a trailer hitch and bike rack. First for a trailer hitch the most popular option is Draw-Tite hitch # 24915. This hitch, and all hitches for your Soul, is a Class I trailer hitch with a 1-1/4 inch receiver. There are 2 things to remember when looking at accessories for a Class I hitch. First, make sure the accessory, in this case a bike rack, is rated for use with a Class I hitch. And second, with bikes you are limited to 2 bikes...
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  • How to Carry 3 Bikes on a 2014 Kia Soul Plus that Can Only Use a Class I Trailer Hitch
  • There is a way to carry 3 bikes on your 2014 Kia Soul. But the trailer hitches available for your 2014 Kia Soul are Class I trailer hitches. This means that you can only carry up to 2 bikes maximum because any additional bikes would be too far from the receiver and put too much stress on it resulting in damage to the hitch and/or vehicle. To carry 3 bikes you can use a 3-bike trunk mount bike rack such as # TH911XT. This will also be more cost effective since you do not have to purchase...
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  • Will the Yakima HoldUp Trailer Hitch Mount Bike Rack Fit a 2011 Kia Soul
  • Even if you added the Yakima Replacement Spine Assembly, # Y80126, to your Yakima HoldUp bike rack, # Y02433, you will not be able to use it with a Kia Soul. The reason is because the 2011 Kia Soul can only be equipped with a Class I trailer hitch and the HoldUp for 1-1/4 inch hitches will only fit a Class II trailer hitch. What you will need for the Soul is a different platform bike rack. The most popular option is the Swagman XTC-2, # S64670. This bike rack holds the bikes at the wheels...
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  • Can Thule EasyFold XT part # TH903202 Fit Bikes with Tires Wider than 3 inches
  • While the Thule EasyFold XT part # TH903202 that you referenced states the max tire width it can work with is 3 inches we've had customers come back with much wider tires than that and tell us it worked fine. Basically the tires just ended up sitting a bit more on top of the slots instead. See attached picture that shows 5 inch tires used with the rack.
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  • Will the Hollywood Racks Trail Rider Clear the Bumper on a 2011 Kia Soul with Curt Trailer Hitch
  • Yes, the Hollywood Racks Trail Rider # HR200Z will clear the bumper and fit your 2011 Kia Soul with Curt trailer hitch # C11110 installed. Curt also says you have to use stabilization strap # 18050 when using this hitch for any non-trailer load (such as a bike rack or cargo carrier) per their warranty requirements. I have linked a video showing how the strap works.
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  • Recommendations for a Hitch and Bike Rack on a 2014 Kia Soul
  • I can help you pick out a setup for your 2014 Kia Soul. The Draw-tite hitch # 24915 you mentioned is the custom fit class 1 hitch for your 2014 Soul. This hitch has a max of 200 lbs. tongue weight and an 1-1/4 inches by 1-1/4 inches receiver opening. All Class 1 hitches have a capacity of 2 bikes only on the rack even if it is a 3 bike rack. My suggestion is to go with a roof rack setup for the third bike or a trunk mounted 3 bike rack. As far as the Swagman # S63365, this bike...
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  • Hitch and E-Bike Rack that Can Fit 2017 Kia Soul
  • For Class II only bike racks like the Swagman Current part # S64678 there is actually a mechanism that prevents it form installing in a Class I hitch. The idea is that the bikes are going to be heavier since it's an e-bike rack which would stress the hitch. So since there are only Class I hitches for your 2017 Kia Soul like the Curt # C11419 you'd need an E-bike rack that is Class I hitch compatible like the Thule Easy Fold XT part # TH903202.
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  • Does the Hollywood Racks Trail Rider Have Locks Included
  • The Hollywood Racks Trail Rider Bike Rack for 2 Bikes - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Frame Mount # HR200Z has locks on the ratcheting hooks that hold the bikes and also comes with a locking hitch pin to give you the ability to lock the rack to the car. It's going to do a great job of keeping your investments secured. These two different locks come keyed alike so you're only going to need one key to unlock both sets of locks.
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